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˙ūSeveral of their customs underwent change. For their livelihood

they began to depend upon the town market for the exchange of

forest products like firewood. They became In other respects poor

imitators of the civilization of the prosperous plains.

According to the census of 1961 the distribution of the popu-

lation with Gadaba language as mother-tongue taluk-wise in the

erstwhile districts of Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam was ;

Anakapalle 33; d Yellamanchili  120; Narasipatnam  1,425;  Chinta-

palle   5;    Paderu  27;   Chodavar&m     1,128;     Vizianagaram 54;

Bheemiinlpatnam Nil; Urban  157; total Visaihapatnam  district

2,949,    Chipurupalle 272;             31; Saint 6,988; Parvathipuram

3,659; Urban 1; total                  district 10,951,

Vizianagaram district was constituted out of the above

two districts. In this district the population with Gadaba language

as mother tongue, taluk wise, was; Bobbili 31 : Salur 65988;

Panaihipuram 3%659; Urban 1; Total Vizianagaram district


The figures show their main concentration In thick

forests of the Eastern Ghats which abound in Salur and Parvati-

puram taluks of the present Vizianagaram district and Chodavaram

ancTNarsipatnam taluks of the present Visakhapatnam district.

It Is also manifest that they dispersed to the foothills of Eastern

Ghats* In several taluks to pursue podu cultivation and to Interact

with the people of the plains. But such descent to the plains was

limited to Zamindari areas, that too on a miniscule scale. They

still cling to the hill slopes and podu (shifting) cultivation.

3.    Sub.Divisions :

According to the "Gazetteer of the VIzagapatnam district'*

published in 1869 ; "The Gadabas are split into six sub-divisions;

namely* Boda Gadabas and ollar Gadabas who dine together and

niter-marry; Parengi Gadabas, whose women do not